The New York Engineers Blog
The New York Engineers' MEP Engineering blog provides best information and tips on MEP design, Energy saving, building codes, and new trends in the industry.
Electrical wiring depends on conduit for protection, while pull boxes and junction boxes simplify circuit handling. However, these elements must be firmly attached to each other to have a safe electrical installation. In addition, they must also be provided with structural support. These functions are carried out by electrical fittings, and there are many types in the market.
MEP is an acronym that stands for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering. These three technical disciplines encompass the systems that make building interiors suitable for human occupancy. MEP installations are addressed together due to the high degree of interaction between them, and also to avoid conflicts in equipment locations - a common problem when electrical, mechanical and plumbing systems are designed in isolation.
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When property management companies are considering building energy efficiency, there is a tendency to focus on mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) installations. While it is true that smart decisions in MEP design can yield long-term energy savings, it is even better if the building itself is also designed for minimal energy consumption. Therefore, civil engineers and architects can also make a significant contribution to lower energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in NYC buildings.
Fox 5 News interviewd Michael Tobias, Principle, New York Engineers on "Fire suppression sprinkler deadline". The original story can be read here.
As revealed by the Urban Green Council in its yearly energy and water use reports, NYC buildings use the largest share of their energy consumption for space heating and domestic hot water, where natural gas is the most common heat source. Building cooling also ranks among the largest loads, with lighting being the only electrical system with a higher consumption. Thus, HVAC engineering services can provide high value for property management companies, making heating and cooling systems more reliable and energy efficient. Consider that upgrading these systems does not only save energy, it also improves indoor conditions for occupants.
Fire sprinkler systems are fundamental for making building interiors safe. Our previous article on the topic provided an overview of how fire sprinklers operate, debunking some common myths about them that have been popularized by movies and TV series. In this article, we will compare the two main types of piping configurations used with fire sprinklers: wet pipe and dry pipe systems.
MEP stands for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, and professionals from these technical disciplines are who design the systems that make building interiors suitable for humans. These building systems must be specified and installed properly to accomplish their purpose, and must also be serviced at regular intervals to stay under optimal operating conditions.
Automatic sprinkler systems are among the most reliable fire protection measures available for building interiors, and that is a key reason why Local Law 26 of 2004 makes them mandatory in many NYC buildings. Property owners are often skeptical about fire sprinkler installation, due to the perception that they cause widespread water damage when they activate. However, this is a misconception propagated by TV series and movies.
Building upgrades will soon become more attractive as investments for NYC property owners, since the city government will start assigning building energy grades in 2020. Assume a company is looking for commercial space to rent, and two buildings have similar monthly rates but different energy grades. Since energy expenses represent a large portion of business costs in NYC, the client company is likely to rent commercial space in the building with the highest energy grade.
Building systems play a fundamental role providing safety and suitable indoor conditions for occupants, so it is very important to keep them running properly. There are also cases where building systems accomplish their intended purpose, but at an excessive energy cost. Professional engineering services can help you optimize building operation, providing better indoor conditions while reducing ownership costs.